The drama in the Lone Star State continues as House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and State Representative Dustin Burrows are now being implicated in an alleged bribery attempt.
BLP covered a report about conservative grassroots activist Michael Quinn Sullivan recording a meeting with Burrows and Bonnen, in which they offered Quinn Sullivan’s group media credentials in exchange for targeting 10 Republicans.
State Representative Steve Toth told the Texas Tribune, “What I derived from the audio tape — it’s very clear — is that Speaker Bonnen was not truthful about a list not being provided.”
He claims that the recording reveals the list of ten Republican House members that Bonnen wants to target and that the scheme was “referenced, over and over, and over again. Multiple times.”
Toth admits that Bonnen’s actions caught him off guard. He told the Texas Tribune “I have been a supporter of the speaker since day one.” Toth added, “I love Dennis. I didn’t believe any of this. I was shocked. I am discouraged to see the light it put him in and the light it put on the Republican Party.”
Bob Price reports that Toth was alongside State Representative Travis Clardy Wednesday night after Quinn presented the evidence to back his allegation that Bonnen and Burrows “offered a quid pro quo of House Floor media credentials in exchange for political expenditures against the targeted members.”
Clardy declared that the details from the recording were the “most disappointing thing[s] I’ve ever seen” in his four terms as State Representative, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News.
“They (disparaging comments about Republican and Democrat House members from Bonnen and Burrows) were made flippantly and they were disrespectful,” Clardy said.
Breitbart Texas legal analyst Lana Shadwick says that “The Texas Penal Code, Section 36.02, provides that a person commits an offense of bribery if they offer or confer an official action in exchange for something of value.”
She added, “In this case, Speaker Bonnen and Rep. Burrows are accused of offering to convey official press credentials from the Texas House in exchange for political action and expenditures by Sullivan’s political action group.”
The legal analyst also detailed what kind of criminal punishment Bonnen and Burrows could face if convicted:
“If charged and convicted under this statute, a second-degree felony, Bonnen and Burrows could each face between two and 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.”
Outgoing State Representative and liberty conservative Jonathan Stickland also listened to the recording and expressed his dismay with these revelations. Stickland declared, “Texas deserves truth, honesty and a better moral compass than Bonnen is giving us.”
BLP reported that Stickland had choice words for Republican leadership during one leg of his Farewell Tour in Arlington, Texas.
Now, it appears that the former representative is on to something.
However, political dynamics are changing in the Lone Star State.
With Democrats emboldened after their 2018 performances and an internally corrupt GOP, 2020 may not look so good for the Texas GOP.
It will need to get its act together, or the GOP will eventually meet repeated defeats throughout the 2020s if they don’t get back on course.
As the U.S. Elections Approaches, Thousands of Immigrants are Gaining U.S. Citizenship
America’s foreign voter base continues to grow ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
John Binder of Breitbart News noted that this is “adding a bloc of first-time foreign-born voters to the electorate.”
The last few months has seen delays in naturalization ceremonies thanks to the Wuhan virus pandemic. As of June, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency restarted ceremonies, with 2,000 immigrants being naturalized according to a report published by Camila DeChalus on June 10.
Other immigrants, who were expected to receive citizenship in 2020, are now pressing legal action against the federal government.
Prior to the crisis, USICS was naturalizing immigrants to the tune of 60,000 monthly.
Binder broke down the overall legal migration numbers:
Legal immigration levels — where 1.2 million immigrants secure Green Cards and nearly a million obtain naturalized citizenship annually — has driven up the nation’s foreign-born voting population to record levels.
The Breitbart writer highlighted another demographic trend that is taking place across America:
In February, Pew Research Center revealed that for the first time since 1970, one-in-ten U.S. voters will have been born outside the country in the 2020 election. High legal immigration levels have also ensured that Hispanic voters will replace black Americans as the largest voting minority for the first time in U.S. history.
According to research from The Atlantic, the New York Times, and Axios, Democrats tend to benefit from an increased foreign-born population.
Binder gave an overview about what these foreign voter numbers look like:
The Atlantic‘s Ronald Brownstein reveals nearly 90 percent of House congressional districts with a foreign-born population above the national average are won by Democrats. This means every congressional district with a foreign-born population exceeding 14 percent has a 90 percent chance of electing Democrats and only a ten percent chance of electing a Republican.
Exit polling data indicated that Trump won 49 percent of native-born Americans’ votes, whereas Clinton won 45 percent of the vote. As far as foreign voters were concerned, Clinton trounced Trump by raking in 64 percent of the immigrant vote, while Trump got only 31 percent.
At the moment, the Binder points out that the “U.S. is on track to import about 15 million new foreign-born voters in the next two decades due to existing legal immigration levels.”
Those 15 million new foreign-born voters include about eight million who will arrive through chain migration, where newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country.
The U.S. is undergoing a massive demographic transformation thanks to public policy.
In previous eras, migration waves would at least be contained by legislative pauses that allowed for assimilation.
But now, elites are content by keeping the illegal and legal migration gravy train going without any pause in sight.
Given immigrant voting trends, many freedoms such as the right to bear arms and free speech could be in jeopardy thanks to Democrats gaining a new voting bloc that will help them stay in power for a long time.
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